BAMFinator: Are there more kids with ADHD or are they just diagnosing more kids with ADHD?/dnrtfa
greenbowlpacker: ADHD - Made up by the drug companies, for the drug companies.
bborchar: The article says "diagnosed with ADHD", not that there are that many mor kids who actually have it./kids weren't made to sit at a desk 8 hours a day with no recess and a 15 minute lunch break
csnake24: "ADHD" is something made up by doctors to placate parents who are no longer allowed to punish their kids because the law says it's illegal. If we were still allowed to smack a kid once in a while when they did something really bad, they wouldn't be the unholy terrors you see that get labelled with this imaginary syndrome. As for the *rare* few that may actually be legitimately affected by something, it's more likely to be some kind of brain damage causing it.
Glockenspiel Hero: Sigh- I see the trolls are out in force.As a parent to a severely ADHD kid, let me just say1) It's real2) It's a condition you're born with: it's not caused by (junk food|too much TV|Dr. Spock parenting|etc)3) The drugs are a requirement to function: we'd much rather he never have to take another one.You may now continue with your trolling
Glockenspiel Hero: Sigh- I see the trolls are out in force.As a parenttroll to a severely ADHD kid, let me just say1) It's real2) It's a condition you're born with: it's not caused by (junk food|too much TV|Dr. Spock parenting|etc)3) The drugs are a requirement to function: we'd much rather he never have to take another one.You may now continue with your trolling
Ishkur: Kids shouldn't be using performance enhancing drugs.It's like our classrooms are full of Lance Armstrongs.
numbone: The simple fear of living in a trailer house when I grew up cured my ADHD.
doczoidberg: greenbowlpacker: ADHD - Made up by the drug companies, for the drug companies.As someone who was given Ritalin as a kid and told he had ADD, I agree with this statement.Sure, the drug helps kids do better in school, but at what price?Also, it should be noted that the drug would help ANYONE do better at school.
Tanthalas39: I think the whole "bunny rabbit" and "something shiny" joke has really, really run its courseSQUIRREL!!!
buckets_of_fun: I can remember in the early 90's getting 2 recesses and getting out at 2pm on Friday....at a Catholic school...
doczoidberg: It's not a "disorder"; it's just the natural way some people are.
uttertosh: yeas... all illnesses that require treatment are. Just one huge 'Big Pharma'
ManOfTeal: From what I understand, if you do not need the medication, it is just like taking speed. So basically, instead of helping you concentrate, you will be climbing the walls if you take ADHD meds like Ritalin and do not actually need them.
DON.MAC: Isn't ADHD a result from the dopamine rush from instant gratification in early life with all the cool new toys and stuff?
doczoidberg: ManOfTeal: From what I understand, if you do not need the medication, it is just like taking speed. So basically, instead of helping you concentrate, you will be climbing the walls if you take ADHD meds like Ritalin and do not actually need them.If that's the case, then why do so many college kids abuse illegally-obtained Ritalin to help them study?Why do so many parents dip into their child's pill supply to help them get through the day?When I had a prescription for Ritalin (in high school and college some years back), I abused the fark out of it. Took twice my prescribed dosage most days. I'd breeze through my homework, read a book, and then get drunk and surf porn all night, high as a kite on the pills. I'd go to classes the next day with three or four hours of sleep, tops.Then I'd run out of pills about two weeks earlier than they'd let me have a refill. I'd crash for a few days, being unable to do much else than sleep. After about a week of that, I'd feel better.Then, the cycle would repeat itself. It went on for years. Truth told, I kind of miss it.
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